We believe that healthy moms lead to healthy babies which leads to healthy families and communities.

We believe that every child has the ability to go on to do great things and should be given the opportunity to pursue his or her dreams. We want every baby to be given the best start possible, beginning with a healthy birth. It is our desire that all babies have a mother and family who raise them with love and care, in a safe and healthy home, where their needs are met and they are able to grow and thrive.

Every day, we witness moms who sacrifice and work hard to break out of the cycles of poverty, abuse, and neglect they have suffered and fight to provide a better future for themselves and their children. Together, we are helping them make it happen. We are making a lasting difference in our community and in our future, and it begins with one mom, one baby, and one healthy step at a time.


Our Mission

Our Mission is to transform the lives of at-risk pregnant women, so they will deliver a healthy baby, embrace positive parenting, and establish a safe home.  


Our Vision

Our Vision is that every woman would see her pregnancy as a catalyst for positive change. By building on her strengths, she will choose health, see hope for her future, and give back to her family and her community.


Krista Linden, Founder and Executive Director

Krista Linden, Founder and Executive Director

Meet Our Founder

Step By Step’s founder, Krista Linden, had a dream and a desire to come alongside vulnerable families and offer friendship, support, resources, education, and connections that would promote a better life for their children. 

In 1997, her dream became a reality and the non-profit organization, Step By Step, was born. From the beginning, Krista and her team believed that strengthening families would benefit children and communities.   They also recognized that change is difficult and takes place one small positive step at a time.

Step By Step has grown from the dream and vision of its dedicated founder into a multi-faceted organization operating with a team of 27 trained professional nurses and counselors. Step By Step has expanded its annual reach from less than 100 clients in its first year to over 1,000 today.

Progress, of the best kind, is comparatively slow, great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step.
— Samuel Smiles
Krista, with her husband Jon and their seven daughters

Krista, with her husband Jon and their seven daughters


Step By Step  is a place where men and women are encouraged and strengthened, as they make positive choices regarding their future and the future of their children. We currently serve approximately 1,000 families in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties each year. We attribute our success to the dedication and commitment of our staff, the generosity of those who support and sponsor us, and the hundreds of volunteers and community collaborators who endeavor to serve and impact families in our communities.

Voted "Favorite Local Charity" in the Best of Western Washington contest, 2009.